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and car loan rates all going up when will the fed slow these hikes down what it signaled today. also tonight, just six days until election day president biden taking his midterm message straight to the american people in a televised speech it comes as polls show momentum shifting to republicans. our team on the trail. the key races and battlegrounds to watch. new details in the attack on house speaker nancy pelosi's husband. we're now learning a capitol police camera captured the break-in, but no one was watching north korea launching a record 23 missiles in one day. is kim jong-un on the verge of his very first nuclear test in five years our network exclusive. one-on-one with the new superintendent of uvalde schools the new security after the massacre and what he says about the police after the botched response the obesity drug for teens. does it work, and how safe is it what parents need to know and powerball fever. the fourth largest
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lottery jackpot in u.s. history up for grabs tonight. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening today marks the sixth time this year the fed has hiked interest rates, adding another 0.75 of a percent today. the short-term impacts have long ago hit home for consumers, whether being outpriced by higher home mortgage rates or dealing with the higher costs o maintaining a credit card balance but the fed's long game, raising rates to bring down inflation, that has yet to kick in it will take some time fed chairman jerome powell said as today's rate hike took interest rates to their highest point since 2008 and the prospect of more increases to come was all it took to send an initially optimistic stock market into retreat. the dow losing more than 1.5%. the nasdaq and s&p 500 took even deeper hits, all as americans increasingly anxious
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about the cost of everything, head into the midterm elections just six days from now. let's start with tom costello >> reporter: just minutes after announcing the sixth rate hike this year, federal reserve chairman powell in the spotlight. >> it will take some time for inflation to come down. it will take time, we think. >> reporter: the top question, could the feds slow the pace of rate hikes in december the answer, a rate hike pause is premature. >> we think we have a ways to go we have some ground to cover with interest rates. >> reporter: powell says inflation is not coming down, and it's better to raise rates too quickly than to allow inflation to become entrenched. >> powell has to thread a very, very narrow needle. >> reporter: nearly a dozen democratic lawmakers, including senator elizabeth warren, have written to powell about the alarming pace of rate hikes, and the disregard for the livelihoods of millions of working americans. in san diego, high school teacher whitney chase and her family would like to buy a house, but with home prices high and
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mortgage rates doubling to 7%, they're staying in a rental for now >> well, the higher interest rates at this point i mean have just kind of made it impossible it's not even worth looking into at this point. >> reporter: in chicago, a week after dolores mason bought a new car, she was laid off. >> our credit cards are in shambles. and then as soon as we pay it down, we put stuff back on it. >> reporter: credit card rates now averaging 19%, the highest in decades, just as americans start holiday shopping. >> i feel like the economy does not want me to live my best life. >> reporter: the challenge, despite inflation, unemployment remains near 50-year lows with nearly two job openings for every potential worker >> this is the first time we have high-paying jobs and do them.gh people to nice thing, isn't it nice problem to have. >> and, meanwhile, tom, we're expecting another critical update in the jobs market on friday >> yeah, and we may have gotten a preview with private payroll numbers today showing companies added 239,000 jobs in october, mostly in leisure and hospitality, far more than expected.
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wages also rose 7.7% those higher wages and the worker shortage is all adding to this inflation cycle. lester >> a lot of moving parts, tom thank you. inflation, of course, a major issue in the midterms, now just six days away president biden giving a major campaign speech tonight, but focusing on threats to democracy. peter alexander is in the key battlegrounds for us all week, and tonight he is in georgia. >> reporter: at risk of democrats losing control of congress, president biden tonight with this warning if republicans win. >> we're often not faced with questions whether the vote we cast will preserve democracy or put us at risk but this year we are >> reporter: former president obama reinforcing that argument while campaigning for vulnerable democratic senator catherine cortez masto i nevada, but republicans like masto's opponent adam laxalt are focusing on the economy and rising crime.
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>> now she's doing her election year turnaround and trying to pretend she supports the police. when you talk to cops in nevada, they're not buying it. >> reporter: another competitive senate race, ohio democrat tim ryan on defense over inflation. a voter asking, is green energy spending in what democrats dub the inflation reduction act actually lowering prices. >> in the short-term, no i think when it come s to inflation, we need a tax cut. we need to put money in people's pockets. >> reporter: republican j.d. vance who questioned the 2020 results was pressed if he'll accept the outcome next week. >> if things don't go the way that i expect, i'll support the guy who wins. >> reporter: then there's the tight race here in georgia, democratic senator raphael warnock facing republican herschel walker democrat nicole davis, the owner of a printing business and mother of three, telling us she's backing warnock. in your eyes what's on the ballot next week >> on the ballot to be honest, my family, my future, my business >> reporter: she
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benefited from president biden's student loan forgiveness and trusts democrats on abortion rights >> i've had friends who have been put in those situations, and i can't imagine if they did not have the choice >> reporter: we first met fifth generation farmer drew eckels during president biden's first months in office, a republican who told us back then he was impressed with the president. >> i think biden is doing a lot of positive things. people have confidence. >> reporter: but he is not giving president biden high marks anymore. are you still satisfied? >> no, i'm not very satisfied. >> reporter: he told us he is voting for walker >> what's your biggest frustration right now? >> my biggest frustration right this second is the fact that it's costing me more to live day to day. it's also costing me more to run my business day to day. everybody is hurting right now. we're taking it on the chin >> and, peter, georgia voters have already been showing up in record numbers for the midterms >> reporter: lester, as of this afternoon, more than 2 million georgians have already cast their vote, but notably, among the state's youngest
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voters, just 8% have voted so far lester >> peter alexander, thank you. the president's message about political extremism coming days after the brutal attack on house speaker nancy pelosi's husband. tonight we're learning new details, including that capitol police had a camera monitoring pelosi's home, but no one was watching it. here is miguel almaguer >> reporter: as a hammer-wielding david depape smashed his way inside the pelosi home, investigators say he told them he knew this was a suicide mission. despite clear security, new court documents reveal depape knew that the ring cameras outside the house captured his entry, but defendant remained undeterred. the suspect was inside the home, alone with paul pelosi, for nearly 30 minutes, arriving at approximately 2:00 a.m. the complaint says a private security guard working near the pelosi home the night of the attack saw a man in the area with a
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large bag. even after hearing banging, though, the security guard never called police. with the speaker of the house often the target of violent death threats, nbc news has confirmed capitol police in washington, d.c. have the ability to monitor pelosi's san francisco home 24 hours a day. but during the attack, no one was watching the feed the "washington post" reporting after seeing flashing lights, officers rewound the footage, and could see the intruder break in. in court, depape, a canadian national, pleading not guilty. but authorities say he admitted to crimes >> it is clear from his own statements what his intentions were >> reporter: after the attack, depape told officers he had other plans. defendant named several targets, including a local professor, several prominent state and federal politicians, and relatives of those politicians. tonight, authorities painting the picture
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of a madman, who easily broke into the home of the speaker of the house. miguel almaguer, nbc news, san francisco. tonight we're monitoring north korea's new provocation, launching an unprecedented barrage of 23 missiles today, one landing very close to south korea. andrea mitchell joins us now and, andrea, today's test drew a big response from the south. >> reporter: it sure did because that's because kim jong-un's worst provocation yet happened today never before has north korea fired so many missiles in one day. never has one landed so close to south korea, lester, setting off air raid alarms on the south korean island for people to take shelter south korea scrambled fighter jets and launched a series of air-to-surface missiles kim jong-un appears to be reacting to the largest ever joint u.s. and south korean air drills, exercises now under way that had been canceled under president trump. the u.s. and its allies now fear today's launches could be a sign kim is about to conduct his first
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nuclear test in five years. the u.s. also accused north korea today of secretly sending weapons to russia for the war in ukraine lester >> andrea mitchell, thank you, andrea. in florida, the parkland school shooter formally sentenced to life in prison without parole. it came at the end of a two-day hearing where survivors and families of the 17 people he killed at marjory stoneman douglas high in 2018 angrily confronted him, many of them voicing outrage that the jury spared him the death penalty. and we'll turn now to another community still reeling from a school shooting, uvalde, texas. tonight the new interim superintendent speaking out in a network exclusive about the security challenges after may's horrific massacre. he talked to morgan chesky >> high security all over, very visible security. >> reporter: for gary patterson, it's day two. >> if you see down here, you've got another trooper visible on the east side and if you were to walk around, you'd see
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two more >> and we're talking every campus in uvalde >> every campus. >> multiple troopers. >> reporter: his job split between changes you can see and healing the pain you can't. >> this is the worst nightmare that you could possibly have. >> reporter: the veteran educator who volunteered for the job stresses a security overhaul is already under way. >> fencing is going up there will be security gates. there will be cameras at the vestibules. single entrance. you'll have to be buzzed in. we're working on electronic card swipe. >> reporter: that especially critical with the district's entire police force suspended, rebuilding trust. what do you tell a parent who tells you that they don't trust law enforcement anymore to protect their kid? >> i think that's where we are right now. there is a lack of trust in each organization that responded. >> reporter: trust compromised with every new video from may 24th, further confirming the fatal disconnect between officers and the young victims trapped inside >> when you hear the director of dps say
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that despite everything that's happened, that agency has not failed this community, what do you say to that? >> i say it's discouraging >> reporter: do you see a day when things start getting better >> i hope so i don't know when that is it's not today or tomorrow this is a strong school district and a strong community, and i think we will come together, and we can make progress. >> reporter: morgan chesky, nbc news, uvalde in just 60 seconds, millions of dollars in stolen car parts. the nationwide takedown of a major theft ring and the new obesity drug is it right for teens? what parents need to know
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federal authorities say they busted a nationwide theft ring specializing in catalytic converters agents descended today on car yards and on a new jersey house making 21 arrests in 8 states catalytic converters reduce pollutants from car exhausts, but
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their expensive metal components make them a target for thieves new hope tonight for teens struggling with their weight. a study in "the new england journal of medicine" finds an obesity drug used by adults could also help adolescents. kristen dahlgren has details. >> reporter: as a teenager with a hormone disorder, emily zumo struggled with her weight. >> i tried diets i tried exercise i'm in more sports than any other kid that i know, and nothing would work. >> reporter: her pain more than physical >> i constantly had a fear that society was just going to shun me, and it led to some serious depression. >> reporter: so at 15 and around 250 pounds, she enrolled in a study for semaglutide, a drug already approved for weight loss in adults with obesity. participants between 12 and 17 years old all received 12 weeks of lifestyle intervention and counseling throughout the study. two out of three were given the weekly
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